Monday, September 29, 2014

Barista Parlor Golden Sound Opens in the Gulch

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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After a couple of weeks of soft-opening sessions, Barista Parlor Golden Sound has opened in the Gulch. The artisan coffeehouse, a sister to Barista Parlor in East Nashville, is currently operating from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Starting this Friday, it will extend hours to 8 p.m. daily (opening at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays).

The new cafe is at 610 Magazine St., just off Division, in an old brick building whose former identities include the Golden Sound of Nashville car stereo shop. Owner Andy Mumma has added a new feature at the Barista Parlor Golden Sound location: a coffee roasting area, which can be seen behind a frosted-glass wall.

In addition to its high-end coffee and espresso, BPGS serves a limited menu of sweets and biscuit sandwiches, which can be ordered with egg and cheese or with a meaty addition of sausage or bacon. A larger food menu will eventually be added.

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Reverend Mudbone and Mill Creek: More New Brewery News

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Well, that didn't take long.

The seven-barrel brewhouse system from the recently and suddenly shuttered Boscos location in Hillsboro Village has been purchased by Fresh Hospitality for use in their new brewpub concept, Jim Myers at The Tennessean reports. The new pub, we're told, will be called Reverend Mudbone's Homegrown Hopshine.

Myers further reports that the brewpub will be a part of Fresh's new multi-concept development in Germantown, with Cochon Butcher.

Clearly, Fresh has a financial headstart to be able to make this purchase so quickly, but that doesn't stop other brewery start-ups from trying. Down in Nolensville, Chris Going has plans to open Mill Creek Brewing Co.

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Dinner Party at Whole Foods Market to Benefit Walden's Puddle

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Walden’s Puddle is a nonprofit organization in Joelton that supports native Tennessee wildlife by taking in sick, injured, and/or orphaned wildlife and treating their injuries and providing a home until the animals can be released back into the wild. Many of my West Nashville neighbors have turned to Walden’s Puddle when they’ve observed deer or foxes and other wild animals in the area that appear to be in distress. I’ve also used Walden’s Puddle to get rid of my unwanted black walnuts (though they consider it a donation).

Walden’s Puddle operates entirely on private funding, and more than 92 percent of money received is directly used for animal care. Therefore, the organization depends on fundraisers not only for collecting more donation dollars but for spreading the word about their organization.

Earlier this year, their facility caught fire and suffered significant damage and loss of animal life. So the organization is busy working with various partners to recover and rebuild. Their next event, a fundraising dinner party, is coming up Saturday, Oct. 11, at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills. Guests at the dinner party will enjoy a vegetarian meal made with fresh seasonal produce with wine pairings, and all proceeds from the event will be donated. Staff from Walden’s Puddle will be on-hand for a short presentation as well as introducing guests to some of the organization’s “animal amabassadors.”

If you are unable to make it to the Whole Foods Fund Raising Dinner Party, check their Facebook page for information on more events and other ways to help.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The Picnic Tap Bringing Craft Beer to the Nashville Farmers' Market

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM

The Picnic Tap, a craft-beer pub, is coming to the Nashville Farmers' Market, with a grand opening scheduled for this Thursday, Oct. 2.

"The Picnic Tap is pioneering as the first Nashville Farmers' Market establishment to offer craft beer," the market says in a release today. The pub will feature a rotating selection of local and regional craft beers and growler fill-ups to go, along with a food menu centered on locally sourced charcuterie.

Located inside the Market House, The Picnic Tap will offer seating so shoppers can take a break and enjoy craft beer and a snack during visits to the market.

The Picnic Tap's owner-operator, Eric Woodard, held a preview at the most recent Night Market event last week.

"As a longtime home brewer and fan of craft beer, I've always loved places that showcase the beers of a particular city or region," Woodard says in the release. "I've thought about opening a place like The Picnic Tap for several years now — a very casual place where you can hang out, relax, and enjoy a local hand-crafted beer with friends."

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A Few Tickets Remain for Outstanding in the Field at Wedge Oak Farm

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I know tickets are pricey at $220, but I'm surprised that there are still a few seats at the table remaining for chef Josh Habiger's Outstanding in the Field Dinner this Thursday, Oct. 2, at Wedge Oak Farms in Lebanon. These events have sold out quickly in the past, and a chef of Habiger's talent and stature certainly deserves to cook for a full house. Or on this occasion, a full field. (We know Habiger, of course, as the chef at Pinewood Social and former chef and co-founder of The Catbird Seat.) Just in case you forgot, here are the details of the feast:

Outstanding in the Field events are known for their beautifully composed and elegantly presented farm-to-table meals. The meal is prepared by a re-knowned local chef and served to all the guests seated at one long table. The mission of the meal is to inspire both a conversation at the table and a broader discussion about food, community and the meaning of place. A traveling feast with a central vision of farmers, chefs, cheese makers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers in delicious communion with the people they sustain.

The day will start at 2 p.m. with a tour of the 96-acre farm, mingling over cocktails and then everyone will gather at the table to a feast for the ages!

Tickets are limited and currently available at

If you're interested, act now!

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The Weekly Open Thread: The Dessert Edition

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Adeles banana pudding
In this week's Scene, Steve Cavendish raves about the desserts at Adele's. The Gulch space is fantastic, Cavendish writes, but apps and entrées were remarkably uneven. Yet he's full of praise for the final course:

Pastry chef Betsy Johnston's desserts provided the highlight of our meals and maybe the year. Her Southern coconut cake with lime sorbet ($8) was feather-light and avoided the cloying sweetness so many coconut dishes seem to fall into. And the peach crostata and vanilla ice cream ($8) was warm, flaky and rich.

But the high point was the banana pudding ($8), easily the best dessert we've had in 2014. Building from the bottom, it's a thin layer of caramel with bananas melted in, then a thick layer of a pudding that is more like a crème brûlée, and finally thin slices of banana that have been torched. Served with warm, toasted banana bread, it is a little bowl of heaven.

My questions for you:

Would great desserts alone be enough to get you to a restaurant that otherwise somewhat underwhelmed you?

What's your current favorite dessert at a Nashville restaurant?

Anybody got an opinion on Adele's?

What else ya got?

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Beer Expert Stephen Beaumont to Present Dinner Pairings at Flying Saucer

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Stephen Beaumont is world-renowned as an expert in all things hoppy, and his new book The Pocket Beer Guide 2015: The World’s Best Craft and Traditional Beers will be released in the next month.

In advance of that auspicious occasion, Beaumont is coming to Nashville for a special beer dinner at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Sunday, Oct. 5, where he'll be signing books at the event beginning at 4 p.m.

The Flying Saucer will host a five-course dinner will feature six craft beers hand-selected by Beaumont, who will share his thoughts on style, origin and history of each brew.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tickets Still Available for the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

If you haven't yet gotten tickets to the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival this Saturday, you're in luck; tickets for the event at all levels are still available. That includes Friday night's Curds and Cocktails kickoff party Friday night.

Along with the many fine artisan cheeses, preserves, breads, gelato, and other accoutrements from across the South, Woodland Wine Merchant will pour a variety of refreshing wines, including Nino Franco "Rustico" Prosecco Superiore, Borgo M Pinot Grigio and Broadbent Rose Vinho Verde.

There will also be a fantastic selection of craft beers from Tennessee's Yazoo, Jackalope, Calfkiller and Fat Bottom, as well as Good People (from Alabama), Sweetwater (from Georgia), Duck Rabbit and Greenman (from North Carolina) and (personal favorite) Lazy Magnolia Brewery from Mississippi serving their Southern Pecan Nut Brown. There will also be a special appearance by Wander Aengus Ciderworks of Oregon, which crafts ciders from heirloom varieties of apples. Plenty of nonalcoholic beverages will be available as well.

There are also a few volunteer spots available, which will get you into the festival for free. Volunteer coordination is done through Hands On Nashville (for during the festival and clean-up afterward). However, if you'd like to help out pouring some of the great beers listed or with setup on Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., you can contact festival organizer Kathleen Cotter directly by emailing kathleen [at] Kathleen takes good care of her volunteers, by the way.

Don't forget: While giving yourself the gift of cheese is reward enough, a portion of proceeds from the event benefit Community Food Advocates.

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Jake's Bakes Expands to Retail Cookie Shop on Elliston Place

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Last we checked in with Jake's Bakes, the company was launching delivery of warm, just-baked cookies (and cold milk) to night owls in a five-mile radius of a shared commercial kitchen. That was January 2013, and y'all must be ordering a lot of cookies, because Jake's Bakes announced this week that it is opening a retail location.

Permits were filed this week to begin construction on the new shop on Elliston Place (the former site of a Smoothie King, which also has another location across the street).

"If I could have dropped a pin for our perfect location, it would have been right there, or very close," says owner Jake Veyhl. The new shop's proximity to multiple college campuses, three major hospitals and countless office buildings puts it smack in the center of current cookie customers.

Don't panic about your munchies-fueled need for cookie delivery. Even with retail space, Jake's Bakes will remain primarily a delivery business. The new location will allow the team to bake all day, rather than only when they could get free kitchen time in their shared location, meaning more cookies for everyone. The retail shop will have a counter for warm cookies to go — if you can't wait for delivery or you live outside of the delivery zone. (The current delivery zone is likely to change slightly, but the exact parameters have not yet been determined.)

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What's More Southern Fried Than a Hush Puppy?

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Columbia, Tenn., is the place to be this Friday and Saturday for a little Southern goodness as the annual Southern Fried Festival comes to town. The town square will be the site of two days of music, arts and crafts, a Kids Zone and plenty of fine food. There will also be a 5K race to burn off a few of those calories and the Bluegrass Bus Museum will be on site Saturday, filled with music memorabilia that date back to the 1930s. And, brace yourself: A Barney Fife impersonator will be performing from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday to entertain Mayberry devotees.

The festival will also feature a Tennessee product that has been making a new push into the retail market, Savannah Classics Hushpuppies. Savannah? Tennessee? you might be asking. Well, yes, the Savannah in question is actually in the southwest corner of our state near Pickwick Lake. The area is known for its fried fish, specifically at Hagy's Catfish Hotel, a restaurant still owned by the Jim Hagy who also owns Chef's Market in Goodlettsville. The land has been in the Hagy family since 1825, when Henry Hagy and his wife Polly docked their flatboat and settled on several acres of bottom land.

An offshoot of frying up all that catfish was the development of a fine recipe for hush puppies, and patrons began to purchase the little golden morsels by the bagful out of the restaurant. This endeavor expanded into commercial sales to other restaurants and the building of a factory to produce thousands of hush puppies per day.

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